2017 Grove Farm Scholars
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Each year, the Grove Farm Foundation awards three scholarships to eligible applicants who graduate from Kauai’s public high schools. Each of the Grove Farm Scholars will receive $5,000 per year for each of their four years of college, provided that they continue volunteering and serving their community. Each scholarship is valued at up to $20,000.
Grove Farm has been focused on supporting our kamaaina community for over 150 years. We have proudly committed nearly $500,000 to our Grove Farm Scholars since the program’s inception in 2010. Our goal is to recognize and honor good citizenship, quality of character, and community service of our talented island youth. All of our Grove Farm Scholar finalists were outstanding and six finalists were awarded Kukui Grove Shopping Center gift certificates to assist with their preparation for college. We look forward to following Bailee, Geneva and Jacky as they prepare to embark on their continuing educational journey and hone their developing career aspirations.
After being narrowed down to the top three students from each of Kauai’s public high schools, the nine finalists were interviewed by the Grove Farm Scholarship Selection Committee. The Committee was comprised of business and community leaders from across Kauai. A special mahalo to Bill Arakaki, Department of Education; George Costa, County of Kauai; Mark Perriello, Kauai Chamber of Commerce; Kaulana Finn, Big Brothers Big Sisters; and Darcie Yukimura, Hawaii Community Foundation, for their dedication and service on the selection committee.
Grove Farm is honored to announce that its three 2017 Grove Farm Scholars are:
Bailee Taeza - Waimea HighSchool
Bailee is the daughter of Matthew and Lani Taeza. She plans to attend Pacific University with a major in Bioinformatics with an intent in Pre-Med before pursuing her doctorate. Through numerous activities, clubs and volunteer work, Bailee has acquired outstanding leadership and communication skills. She was elected Class President for the last three years. Among other volunteer work, Bailee has served at Kaua’i Veterans Memorial Hospital for four years. She has competed in KIF golf, air riflery, volleyball, and has attended off-island leadership conferences. After college, Bailee intends to return home and continue giving back to her community.
Geneva Dela Cruz - Kauai High School
Geneva is the daughter of Gregory and Evangeline Dela Cruz. She will be attending the University of Hawaii and plans to follow in her mother’s footsteps, becoming a pediatrician. Geneva feels a need to assist those who are less fortunate. After beginning her career she hopes to donate time and money to third world countries. Geneva has been a volunteer at local hospitals, elementary schools and her church. She was also a member of multiple clubs such as Key Club, Diversity Club, and the Kaua’i High School bowling team. Geneva’s dream is build non-profit hospitals in the Philippines and a pediatric trauma center on Kauai.
Jacky Lin - Kauai High School
Jacky is the son Li Zun Lin. His career goals are to find and develop innovative solutions to our most pressing issues. Jacky will attend Stanford and pursue a degree in applied mathematics while electing classes that suit his interests in social entrepreneurship. He has spent much of his free time volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club as a youth counselor and guide. Jacky was also the team captain for the Science Olympiad and president of the Cyber Patriot and Chess Club. Through education, Jacky is empowered by his quest for knowledge.